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Brilliant X-ray source in Andromeda galaxy identified as stellar mass microquasar

December 13, 2012
The Nova monitoring campaign in our neighbouring Andromeda galaxy yielded an extremely bright X-ray source, XMMU J004243.6+412519. Follow-up observations at radio wavelengths point at the existence of an energetic jet of particles ejected by the massive central object. This indicates that this source is indeed powered by a stellar-mass black hole gaining mass at a high rate, close to the theoretical maximum. By monitoring and analysing both the emission from the accretion disk and the material ejected in the jet, the astronomers can learn more about the processes around a stellar mass black hole. [more]
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24-armed Giant to Probe Early Lives of Galaxies

December 12, 2012
First light for KMOS instrument [more]
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No global atmosphere on Makemake

November 29, 2012
New observations of the dwarf planet Makemake reveal that this chilly world does not have a global atmosphere – contrary to what astronomers expected. Makemake has an orbit lying in the outer Solar System and the astronomers observed the dwarf planet as it drifted in front of a distant star and blocked its light for about one minute. The observations also allowed the scientists to measure Makemake’s density for the first time. While previous observations with the Herschel space telescope already revealed a patchy surface, this object turns out to be even more exotic than previously thought. [more]
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SAMPEX Re-Entry into the Atmosphere

November 15, 2012
The End of a Twenty-Year Mission [more]
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ERC Starting Grant for Stefan Gillessen

November 05, 2012
End of October, the European Research Council announced that Stefan Gillessen from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics will receive an ERC Starting Grant. Awarded purely on scientific excellence, this grant will allow MPE to establish a research group that will focus on interpreting the novel interferometric data of the galactic centre, which will soon be available. With the new GRAVITY instrument, currently being developed at MPE, relativistic effects close to the black hole in the heart of Milky Way should be detectable. [more]
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More than 1000 citations for plasma crystal paper

October 26, 2012
Complex (dusty) plasmas exist in space, such as in the interstellar medium, the rings of Saturn or the dusty tail of comets. This is why scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics originally started to investigate complex (dusty) plasmas in the laboratory in detail – but this is not where it ended. The first paper about crystallisation in a dusty plasma has now passed the milestone of 1000 citations, impressively demonstrating how active this new field of basic physics research has become. [more]
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How random is random?

October 08, 2012
Well-established methods for surrogate data fail to produce linear time series [more]
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1000 Bursts with Fermi!

October 01, 2012
On 21 September, the gamma-ray burst monitor (GBM) instrument onboard the Fermi satellite detected its 1000th cosmic explosion. It lasted for around 3 seconds, and consisted of a single large pulse of gamma-rays. Automatically detected by the GBM, an alert was sent to the ground that was then relayed to a worldwide team of astronomers just a few seconds later. [more]
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Patricia Schady receives Sofja Kovalevskaja Prize

August 22, 2012
This week, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation announced that Patricia Schady, astronomer at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE), will receive the Sofja Kovalevskaja Prize. Financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the prize is awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for the scientific achievements of exceptionally promising young scientists and young researchers from abroad to allow them to establish an independent junior research group at research institutions in Germany. [more]
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Three dimensional map of the Universe now available to everyone

August 08, 2012
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III) has released the largest-ever three-dimensional map of massive galaxies and distant black holes, which will help astronomers explain the mysterious "dark matter" and "dark energy" that scientists know makes up 96 per cent of the universe. Early last year, the SDSS-III released the largest-ever image of the sky; the new data have begun to expand this image into a full three-dimensional map. "Data Release 9" (DR9), released last week, publically releases the data from the first two years of this six-year project. [more]
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MPG trainee award for Dennis Cziasto

August 01, 2012
This year, the Max Planck Society granted a trainee award to Cziasto Dennis for his outstanding achievements as an apprentice at the MPE, where he finished his training to become an industrial mechanic. Since 2007, the "Trainee Award of the Max Planck Society for outstanding achievements in vocational training" recognises not only outstanding professional and academic achievements but also remarkable social commitment during the training and personal development. [more]
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John Kormendy appointed External Scientific Member of MPE

July 24, 2012
The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics is delighted to announce that Prof John Kormendy of the Astronomy Department of the University of Texas at Austin has been appointed an External Scientific Member of MPE. John Kormendy is world famous for his work on the structure and dynamics of galaxies as well as for his search for supermassive black holes in galaxy centres. He holds the prestigious Curtis T. Vaughn Chair in Astrophysics at the University of Texas at Austin and is an Associate Editor of the Annual Review in Astronomy and Astrophysics, the premier review publication in Astronomy. [more]
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